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About Foxhill

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  • Birthday October 6

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    Lancashire, England
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    Horticulture, Skateboarding, Creativity, Outdoors, Music, Cats, Reading

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  1. I've found this 'Bug Catcher' I bought from the supermarket Highly Useful for the Mantid Game.. Priceless!!

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Cool! How does it work?

      - MantisGirl13

  2. Lucy the Idol has molted but seems a little short on energy hope shes ok will have to feed her up, Ghost is due to shed and has been off her food for a few days now, abdomen seems very thin for the molt so Ill see how she goes. Shiva my cat passed away on Friday which has been very upsetting for me, I dont think I can handle any more deaths in the family just yet.

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congratulations on the molt! I hope the ghost has a good molt too. I'm so sorry about your cat.

      - MantisGirl13

  3. I’ve been struggling getting the temperature up to optimum and that’s with 2 heat mats and 3 long tube heaters. While working out a way to save on wasted heat I put Claude the rainforest on a Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) container plant which he seemed to enjoy and as heat rises I put him up high and found I was hitting the right temperature. I’m fertilising with organic nutrients. When I returned to the room he was half way through a molt. It must have been ok conditions wise to shed so I left him there. He has now been living on the plant (Free Range) in my spare room for 4 days and seems very happy there. When he gets bigger I’ll have to swap plants and obviously with wings there may be cause for concern. Feeding wise I’ll either have to remove him temporarily or use the tweezers. With the humidity I’m misting the foliage daily and through transpiration of the leaves. Also the Oxygen from the plant will help him. Having fun here in cloudy old England. ✌️ 

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Good luck getting the conditions right, and Gratz on the molt!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      I went in the Mantid room this morning and I looked all over the plant he was living on and he was nowhere to be seen. I thought oh dear hes gone. I looked up and realized he was sitting on another plant about 3 foot away. I might return him to the tank but it was rather amusing.

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I'm glad he didn't go too far!

      - MantisGirl13

  4. Whenever you hear about alien abductions you often hear about 'things growing in tanks', Doesnt sound like the Extra Terrestrials have improved on the Tank Method :D

    1. Synapze

      Synapze

      Great looking specimen!

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Wow! She's stunning!

      - MantisGirl13

  5. Ive not decided what to do about Ezis Ooth yet, I noticed that she was in a different place than usual and then 2 days later she laid it so she has obviously chosen that place in the tank, close to the ground where the heat is coming from and more humid closer to the substrate. I dont want to break or damage it. Ive got some fresh razor blades so I might try and remove it and do the cup method with the mesh lid and damp tissue. I was going to leave it where it is and clean out the tank carefully and remove Ez into another tank which Id have to buy... decisions decisions,   ooh im excited.   

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      That's super exciting for sure!

      Cant wait to be in such a situation  myself! 😁

  6. Right, as you can see from the picture Ezi has laid an Oothecae. My mating attempt was about 4 or 5 weeks ago and I didnt think that it was successful. Due to this I didnt provide very good laying options i.e thick Twigs so she has done it there on the glass. Is that the right sort of timescale for gestation or do you think there's a strong chance its infertile. Very exciting nevertheless. Need your advice on this one Mantid gang. P.S  Claudia the Rainforest and Ghost killer have both successfully moulted. 

  7. Foxhill

    better shots and an Ooth

  8. Ive been ordering fruit fly culture for the nymphs but the tubs I've been getting take about 2 weeks to hatch so I've resorted to buying the smallest feeders I can purchase from the pet shops here which is crickets. Mcmonigle mentions that he uses them in the 'Bible' but I keep hearing that they can carry disease and I've heard that there not good for the Mantids. Has anybody got an opinion on this?

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    2. Synapze

      Synapze

      If you're going to use them, this is how it should be done. 👆

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      If a viral outbreak occurs in the commercial cricket system, that's one huge risk, but also unlikely day to day. Bacteria is the present risk. You can do your best to mitigate the risk by babying your feeder crickets.

      Some will breed their own crickets, but that's not happening in my household. My wife would reach her limit there. She doesn't like fly larvae as it is. 🤣

    4. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Brilliant advice, I did think about hygiene it cant be good if they are walking on dead ones   that's amazing thanks all !! 

  9. I think Spring has finally sprung here in North England and the flowers are coming out with milder weather and sun. I've been cleaning all the stones and plant pots in the yard and getting the horticultural creative ideas moving forward. I even had Ezi the Orchid with me outside while I was sat working scrubbing down all the stones and containers. I think she had a great time with me and it was her only experience of the world outdoors to date in captivity. :clover::clover::clover: 

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I have mesh cubes and plan to bring a mantis out under our gazebo now and then this summer.

      If our european ooth is indeed fertile, the little ones will be released into our front yard plants. They can go from there.

  10. Foxhill

    Orchid

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    Tron

    Nothing Fancy just set it to negative on my editor and it came out like this plus sharpen . looks a bit sci fi hey
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    Tron

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